Intel is starting a Europe-based initiative to research and develop real-world big data deployments with the aim of delivering workable solutions that others can use as a starting point when building big data projects.
The new initiative involves setting up a big data lab at the Teratec science and technology park near Paris.
The partnership between Intel and Teratec will lead to practical and repeatable big data solutions that can be used around the world, Intel said, and will focus initially on areas such as healthcare, smart cities and precision agriculture.
Ron Kasabian, Intel Data Centre Group vice president and general manager for big data solutions, said on the firm's Data Stack blog that big data techniques could be used beyond business intelligence insights for the enterprise market and applied to things such as personalised healthcare and the reduction of traffic congestion and pollution in cities.
"Application of big data analytics is showing exceptional results for enterprises by allowing them to uncover new insights to develop new services, increase competitiveness and optimise their operational efficiency," he said.
"Turning an eye outside the enterprise, though, there are a number of mounting problems that exist today in large urban areas that will continue to grow as more than two thirds of the world's population will live in cities by mid-century."
However, big data projects have so far proved complex to implement and difficult to get off the ground in many instances, sometimes because of the level of compute power required but often because of a lack of data science expertise.
The lab's efforts will be to accelerate research initiatives, develop proof of concepts, and promote real-world trials that will eventually lead to full-scale deployments, Intel said.
"For the new big data lab, we are contributing servers powered by Intel compute, networking and storage architecture, data analytics software from Intel and other companies we collaborate with, and the expertise of our data scientists to help accelerate the consortium's work," Kasabian said.
Teratec already brings together over 80 technology and industrial firms, plus research centres, universities and engineering schools, all combining their efforts in the development of high-performance computing and computer simulations.
Big data hit the headlines last week when IBM pledged to provide technology and support worth £200m towards big data research to build on funding of £113m from the UK government at the Hartree Centre in Daresbury.
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